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Request for signatures for Bachajón

Request for signatures for Bachajón

Jeny Pascacio

Diario de Chiapas

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Social organizations are seeking signatures to defend the people of San Sebastián Bachajón on www.change.org in their case before the Federal Court after it endorsed the dispossession of indigenous ejido lands in Chiapas.

“The judges obey and operate politically for the transnationals and for this reason we include their names, emails and phone numbers, so that from anywhere in the world we can let them know that we are aware of their corruption.”

Since 2011 the Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, located in the municipality of Chilón, has conducted a legal battle because the Mexican government has awarded itself ownership of the ejido land in common use where you gain access to the “Agua Azul Waterfalls” Ecotourism Centre, according to the version of villagers.

“The agreement with which they try to give legality to the dispossession of lands in common use was not authorized in the ejido assembly, the highest representative body of the ejido. Faced with such arbitrary decisions, the ejidatarios filed, in March 2011, a petition for amparo 274/2011 before the Seventh District Judge in the State of Chiapas.”

After three cancellations decreed by the Seventh District Judge, on September 29, 2014 the Third Collegiate Court in Tuxtla Gutierrez, to resolve the Amparo in Review 224/2014, overturned the acquittal and asked the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation to review the case due to its legal transcendence.

“The case of Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón reflects the conflicts which gave rise to  the armed uprising of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in 1994, for which reason the Court noted it was appropriate for the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation to resolve the root of the ejido problem, so that thereby the local courts could sit to solve dozens of cases of the same kind in the region on the rights of indigenous peoples.”

Through a press release, they stated that the Third Collegiate Court contradicted their arguments and issued a statement denying the amparo to the ejido, by giving value to the agreement made between the last administration of the state government and the government-supporting then ejidal commissioner of San Sebastián Bachajón, Francisco Guzmán Jiménez.

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